With the help of Raymond Ramos, Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville’s vice president and chief operating officer, and key members of the Christus Spohn Beeville Leadership Team, inpatient dialysis services became a reality earlier this summer; two inpatient dialysis machines are in place.
“Christus Spohn is committed to quality health care. Having these dialysis machines means that people who need to be hospitalized for other reasons can be treated at Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville,” said Ramos. “The patient can be hospitalized and, if they normally receive their dialysis treatment on Wednesday, we’re able to provide inpatient dialysis at their bedside, so they can receive treatment at the prescribed time.
“It is also another way Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville is improving access to health care services that our community needs”.
According to those who work closely with Intensive Care Unit and critical care patients, the machines are making all the difference in the world.
“It makes it easier for patients with end stage renal disease to stay at home, in Beeville,” explained Joanne Guerra, a nurse at Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville. “They don’t have to travel.
“In the past, they would have to travel to Corpus Christi to have their dialysis, because we didn’t offer it here.”
Dr. Khan echoes those sentiments, saying, “It is an extra service provided at Christus Spohn Beeville.
“The inpatient dialysis service is a team effort conducted by the nephrologist, dialysis nurses, hospital staff and administration.
“If patients need hospitalization and they need dialysis, Christus Spohn Beeville can provide it.
“They don’t need to be sent to an out-of-town hospital for care.”
The DaVita Dialysis Machines work by mimicking some of the functions of the human kidney.
One of the primary jobs of a kidney is to remove toxins from the blood, so they can exit the body in urine.
In a dialysis machine, blood from the patient runs through tubes and outside the tubes is a sterile solution. The tubes are semi-porous.
Red and white blood cells and other important components to a patient’s blood are too large to fit through the pores, but the toxins flow through into the sterile solution and are removed.
“What this now provides for the medical community is that our patients have a choice,” said Khan. “They are going to receive excellent quality care right here at home in Beeville.”